“And he said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
I was indignant! Forty-three years of living with this man and still he didn’t know me? What’s the matter with him anyway? Perhaps you’d like to hear my sad story. I know you’ll understand…lend a sympathetic ear.
“What do you mean I’ll fall apart if you die before I do?” Every indignant nerve within me had risen for the occasion. I had to defend my righteous cause. Remaining dignified, I continued, “Bob, I am a strong woman. I have met much heartbreak and have not fallen apart. The Lord will help me as He always has.”
Bob didn’t look convinced and I withdrew, but on the inside I was in a huff! The idea that he considered me weak! I felt a little nudge but chose to ignore it.
The following morning, I sat on the back porch sipping hot tea. Remembering last night’s conversation, I felt the nudge again, but a bit stronger. “What was that all about, Lord?”
The Lord spoke calmly, “Pride. That was pride on your part.” I was filled with shame…dismay. Quickly the Spirit said, “I will gladly rejoice in my weaknesses that the glory of God may rest upon me.”
I began to cry, “Lord, forgive my pride. I am so ashamed. I love being weak… I love your glory. Make me weak that you may be glorified. Lord, I choose weakness that you may fill my all and all.” And in between my sobs I was rejoicing.
Such good news, to be free and light—severed from the grip of worldly acclaim. The pride of life put Jesus outside my soul. The pride of life kept me from His presence. And the pride of life captured me while attempting to establish my own little kingdom. Sin had its season—but for a moment. The enemy came, I took his bait but my lovely Savior exposed my sin.
Have you been where I was? Daughter of the King, come as a child before Him. Kneel in repentance and love Him. Bow at His feet and let Him revive you. There is only one way—come as a child—and be free!